Stinging Choice

We began a dull, humid, day with a shopping trip to Lidl, followed by a forest drive. By the time the choppy waves of the open sea splashing over the quayside reached the sheltered harbour at Mudeford they were but ripples upon the dirty grey sandy shore. Silhouetted pines with gnarly roots separate the twoContinue reading “Stinging Choice”

Keeping Their Distance

In recent days goldfinches have joined the ranks of birds swooping on the feeders. We think we may be harbouring an extra long tailed variety. Mum’s care home is now in total lockdown. Several of us telephoned her in turn. I believe that is now widespread. Jackie photographed this conversation through a  window at BartonContinue reading “Keeping Their Distance”

“You Can’t Keep A Good Brit Down”

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED This morning we drove to New Milton to buy Jackie a bag to carry her overnight stay requirements for our trip to Bicester tomorrow. We then continued to Friars Cliff where we brunched in the Beach Hut Café. There are two rows of beach huts there –Continue reading ““You Can’t Keep A Good Brit Down””

Shades Are Recommended

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED HEALTH WARNING: WEARING OF SHADES IS RECOMMENDED Having spent much of the day composing and e-mailing a draft complaints letter to the dilatory and devious conveyancing solicitors firm that handled our recent remortgage to our mortgage broker, I was in need of a trip to Mudeford toContinue reading “Shades Are Recommended”

Winter Quarters

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN CLUSTERS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Fibre optic broadband installation takes place in the exchange, and we cannot obtain a projected time for the work. It could be as late as midnight. James Peacock will therefore bring the router tomorrow morning. So the uploading strugglesContinue reading “Winter Quarters”

Candid Camera

From mid-morning to mid-afternoon today was a bit of a struggle. I had taken on a project with my computer which had best be kept under wraps for the moment. It did my head in. For some reason each time I tried to send an e-mail with attachments my work disappeared from the screen andContinue reading “Candid Camera”

‘The Birds’

What began as a trip to Hordle to look at another house seen on a website, turned into an enjoyable day out.  We had been promised white cloud all day, but the weather was much more pleasantly changeable than that. Oak Tree Cottage in Woodcock Lane looks a serious contender.  As we were nearby weContinue reading “‘The Birds’”

Scarecrows

Something dawned on us as we sat drinking our coffee this morning.  Doctors.  You see, I mostly keep away from them, but have recently had a few trips for minor stuff.  Maybe, its because, as Prof. Johnny Lyon-Maris said yesterday, ‘[I’ve] never been 71 before’.  However, this got Jackie and me reflecting on our respectiveContinue reading “Scarecrows”